2021—Hunting the East 90

The Skagit Wildlife Area in Washington — also known as the East 90 — is an interesting place. Large open fields are home to Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls that hunt there. The area is also open to two-legged hunters and large, bright orange signs announce when hunters with guns will be in the area. These hunters don’t hunt the Harriers or the Owls. But our concern last week was that signage announcing the dates when hunters with guns would be in the area was unclear and inconsistent. Some signs said the hunters would be there through March 31, others through March 15, some said January 31, and still other signs had the dates covered with tape. We never saw a hunter and the few hunting blinds in the fields were empty. Still, the confusing dates made me a little wary. Luckily for us, the only hunters we saw were the Northern Harriers like this one, Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Bald Eagles.

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